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United States Championship Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Onischuk6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Yury Shulman6/11(+1 -0 =10)[games]
Ray Robson5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Robert Hess5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Gregory Kaidanov4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Alexander Stripunsky3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games]
Yasser Seirawan3.5/11(+2 -6 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
United States Championship (2012)

Previous edition: US Championship (Knock-out) (2011). Next: US Chess Championship (2013). See also US Championship (Women) (2012).

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Stripunsky vs Onischuk 0-1112012United States ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. Nakamura vs R Hess 1-0332012United States ChampionshipC51 Evans Gambit
3. Kamsky vs A Ramirez Alvarez 1-0392012United States ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. V Akobian vs Seirawan 1-0562012United States ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Lenderman vs Robson 1-0642012United States ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
6. Shulman vs Kaidanov ½-½842012United States ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. Kaidanov vs Stripunsky 1-0532012United States ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Onischuk vs Lenderman  ½-½392012United States ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. Seirawan vs R Hess 0-1472012United States ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. V Akobian vs Shulman  ½-½422012United States ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Robson vs Kamsky ½-½282012United States ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
12. A Ramirez Alvarez vs Nakamura ½-½402012United States ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
13. Lenderman vs Kaidanov  ½-½302012United States ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Nakamura vs Robson 1-0492012United States ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Stripunsky vs V Akobian 1-0402012United States ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
16. R Hess vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½412012United States ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. Shulman vs Seirawan 1-0422012United States ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
18. Kamsky vs Onischuk 1-0482012United States ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Onischuk vs Nakamura ½-½412012United States ChampionshipA10 English
20. Seirawan vs A Ramirez Alvarez 1-0932012United States ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Shulman vs Stripunsky  ½-½772012United States ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Robson vs R Hess 1-0342012United States ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
23. Kaidanov vs Kamsky 1-0482012United States ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. V Akobian vs Lenderman  ½-½332012United States ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
25. Lenderman vs Shulman ½-½302012United States ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-19-12  suenteus po 147: Pretty impressive performance by Nakamura. Not only did he finish first, undefeated with six wins, but he had two games over 100 moves, and only one draw under 40 moves. That's the kind of champion many American chess fans want: a fighter and a winner.
May-19-12  Jim Bartle: "two games over 100 moves"

Just to be picky, one of those was because he was just goofing around toward the end instead of taking the draw several moves earlier.

May-19-12  BlackSheep: Congrats Naka noone was even near you the wins against Kamsky and Seirawan were great games of accuracy and style .
May-19-12  Atking: Yes it was great! Thanks and congratulations to Naka for his fighting spirit and his wonderful result. (No lost! And I keep the impression the one with Lenderman was to Nakamura's advantage. In brief not a 11/0 but still a Fischer like performance).
May-19-12  solskytz: <Suenteus> Agreed!!

Although he would have to overcome his nemesis Carlsen before he can actually reach that height.

Interesting times!

<Jim Bartle>

well yes - but that's already a point of style. A little bit like sleeping with a teddy bear at 25... but still cute


only did 11:0 in ONE US championship - now in each one of the eight he played and won.

May-19-12  ooda: Congrats to Naka, this was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament.

Nakamura has had a great run for the past 18 months or so and I think he is showing more and more that he has the potential to become a WC challenger and perhaps even champ.

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  paulalbert: Congratulations, Hikaru. This victory certainly reinforces your position as #1 in the U.S. and also a world class contender. Chess fans certainly appreciate your fighting style.
May-19-12  parmetd: Congrats to Hikaru.

My final score was 28/66

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  LIFE Master AJ: "Nak" played fighting chess all the way. He has all my kudo's and I have nothing negative to say ... CONGRATS!!!!!

Let us hope - in a year or two - that he will be on the stage in Moscow (or where-ever that it is to be held) ... playing for the World Championships.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Six wins ... versus only five draws ... that's just whacked.
May-20-12  PinnedPiece: In a 3-0-1 scoring system, the final results are somewhat changed:

Nakamura _ _ _ 23
Kamsky _ _ _ _ 21
Onischuk _ _ _ 16
Akobian _ _ _ _16
Lenderman _ _ 14
Robson _ _ _ _ 14
Shulman _ _ _ _13
Lee _ _ _ _ _ _ 13
Ramirez-Alvarez 10
Kaidanov _ _ _ _10
Stripunsky _ _ _ 9
Seirawan _ _ _ _ 9

May-20-12  parmetd: No one cares about 3-1-0. Yury tied for 4th. Live with it.
May-20-12  dx9293: Amen, <parmetd>!

I have long said that 3-1-0 is an abomination and a crime against chess.

May-20-12  parmetd: so what was everyone's favorite games?
Mine was 1. Lenderman-Robson 2. Kamsky-Seirawan
May-20-12  dx9293: <parmetd> Seirawan simply was caught, so I'll go with my man Alex L!
May-21-12  Riverbeast: <I have long said that 3-1-0 is an abomination and a crime against chess>

Beg to disagree

I think it may be the greatest antidote to 'draw death' in chess, to come around in the last 100 years

Since Capablanca was complaining about it...

But throughout history, revolutionary ideas have always met resistance from the 'purists'

May-21-12  dx9293: <Riverbeast> I am most definitely a purist when it comes to the scoring system in chess!

3-1-0 is just for people who hate draws.

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  Fusilli: <Riverbeast> <I think it may be the greatest antidote to 'draw death' in chess, to come around in the last 100 years>

Is there statistically significant evidence that the +3 =1 -0 system does really lead to fewer draws than the classical +1 =0.5 -0 system?

I mean, some systematic comparison between tournaments with the new system and tournaments of equal strength played at around the same time using the old system...

By now, enough tournaments have been played with the alternative system for a comparable statistical record to exist, right?

May-21-12  MORPHYEUS: No, the greatest antidote will be my "punt" system.

It also uses the 3 1 0. That is 3 points for classical win, 1 point for the armageddon blitz "punt" win, and 0 for the loss. This is incorporated in the London Rule, that is no agreed draw till move 40.

May-21-12  Illogic: <RiverBeast> What has been revolutionary about it? Plenty of tournaments have used it now.
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  LIFE Master AJ:
May-22-12  apple scruffs: <parmetd> my favorites were Nakamura-Robson and Lenderman-Kamsky.
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  diceman: When do they announce “Best Game” prizes?
May-22-12  paavoh: <But throughout history, revolutionary ideas have always met resistance from the 'purists'>

Ditto for stupid ideas ;-)

May-22-12  Riverbeast: <By now, enough tournaments have been played with the alternative system for a comparable statistical record to exist, right?>

I think the 3-1 scoring system is still relatively new

I first saw it used in the London Chess Classic several years ago

But it does seem to lead to a lot of decisive games

More importantly, it makes players play out positions as long as there's any play left...I think it works better than Sofia rules, because the entire risk/reward calculation is drastically altered

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